iPhone Cochlear implant sound processor introduced

People with severe to profound hearing loss can access the CochlearTM Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor, the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor.


This is said to be the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available on the market.



People living with severe to profound hearing loss can now reach the highest level of hearing performance with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, streaming sound directly from a compatible iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® to their sound processor.


The Nucleus 7 sound processor is 25 percent smaller and 24 percent lighter than the previous generation Nucleus 6 Sound Processor. In addition users now have an easier way to control, monitor and customise their hearing from their iPhone or iPod touch through the free Nucleus Smart App.


General Manager, Cochlear Australia and New Zealand, Janet Menzies said, “For people with hearing loss we know the ability to talk and hear on their iPhone is incredibly important. For the first time, the direct streaming provided in the Nucleus 7 sound processor allows for phone calls, listening to music in high-quality stereo sound, watching videos and having FaceTime® calls to be seamlessly streamed straight to their cochlear implant."


A study of cochlear implant recipients participating in a trial of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor found participants reported the new sound processor was easier to control/monitor with the Nucleus Smart App than with a remote control. The study also reported the majority of participants enjoyed listening to music (85 per cent enjoyable or very enjoyable) with the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor.


Cochlear is also offering the first Made for iPhone Smart Bimodal Solution (the combination of a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other), enabling both hearing solutions to stream from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Smart Nucleus 7 Bimodal Solution is delivered with a compatible ReSound™ hearing aid and a paired iPhone or iPod touch to control functionality for both hearing devices.


The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor offers a range of features with the Nucleus Smart App, exclusively available for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store. The new Hearing Tracker records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child’s head) and time in speech (which measures the amount of time spent in speech environments in hours, including FM and streaming).


The Find My Processor feature of the Nucleus Smart App helps locate a lost processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.


30 October 2017.